Jamaica: Anti-theft alarms for goats

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A farmer in St Catherine plans to install anti-theft alarms on his goats, it's reported.

There's been a spate of agricultural thefts in the area, and farmer Christopher Clarke tells the Jamaica Observer that he's "desperate right now" after trying several other methods to stop people stealing his goats.

Local farmers say 18 goats have been taken from several farms in a week. They suspect organised gangs are behind the thefts and are working together on crime-prevention schemes. The most recent theft was on Friday, when six goats were reportedly stolen. "Quick action by farmers... led to the apprehension of the criminals," a police source tells the paper.

It is not the first time a St Catherine farmer has taken unusual steps to prevent thefts. Earlier this year, a woman who cultivates bananas reportedly spray-painted the fruit red in an attempt to stop thieves who have plagued her farm for years.

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